Day: June 13, 2021

Police investigating after man injured in shooting on West State St

Update: Shooting On West State Street, One Injured, Three Suspects In Custody

June 13, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)– Trenton Police are investigating after one person was injured in a shooting Sunday evening.

The shooting occurred just before 8:00 pm in the 600 block of West State Street. Initial reports indicate a male was shot in the chest on West State Street near Atterbury Avenue. He was transported to the hospital in unknown condition. has reached out to Trenton Police for further information on the incident. Once more information is available, the post will be updated.

Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Two Transported To Local Hospital After Great Adventure Log Flume Accident

June 13, 2021

JACKSON, NJ (OCEAN)–Around 6:45 p.m. there was a reported incident at the Six Flags Great Adventure log flume and Jackson EMS was sent to the scene and several injures were reported, but only two required transport to a hospital for evaluation.

Kristin Fitzgerald Six Flags Great Adventure spokesperson told MidJersey.News in a statement: Our First Aid staff assisted several guests who were in a Log Flume boat that did not complete its cycle. The safety of our guests and employees is our highest priority. Two guests were transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. The ride will remain closed for a full inspection. One log boat was tipped up on its side at an angle, but not overturned.

The Log Flume at Six Flags Great Adventure was built in 1974 according to Great Adventure History website and has been in continuous service for 47 years. Even today the Log Flume is a favorite ride on a hot day.

1975 Great Adventure Log Flume Video

Beloved Former Upper Freehold Regional School District Superintendent Dr. Fitzpatrick Passes Away

June 13, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Dr. Richard (Dick) Fitzpatrick, Upper Freehold Regional School District Superintendent of Schools from 2007 to 2018 has passed away. The notification was emailed and posted online in a statement from Mark Guterl the current Superintendent of Schools. The full statement below:

Dear UFRSD Community,

It is with tremendous sadness that I report the passing of our former beloved Superintendent, Dr. Richard (Dick) Fitzpatrick. Dick’s tenure in the UFRSD was transformative, student-centered and impactful. It is a sad day in the UFRSD, but our many wonderful memories of Dr. Fitzpatrick will definitely be in the forefront of our feelings soon.  

Dr. Fitzptrick came to the district in 2007 with an unmatched energy and passion for kids. Anyone who knew Dick or came into contact with him knows that he loved our students…”his kids.” His love for students and people was the foundation for every decision he made, and became the central focus of the UFRSD’s transformation academically and culturally. Patrick Nolan, Board of Education President recalls, “Dr. Fitzpatrick came to us at a moment of great growth in our communities and transition in our district. He influenced our evolution in so many areas, including our current curriculum and our hiring practices. Most of all, he was the biggest cheerleader for our students, no matter what they were doing. Many of the accolades that our district currently enjoys are a result of his passionate leadership. He touched the lives of so many here, and we owe him great thanks.”  Dick’s impact on the district will be lasting. 

Dick’s belief in our staff and his love for the community was also witnessed day in and day out. He was constantly on the move and loved interacting with as many people as he could every single day of school. Whenever you were talking with Dick, you felt as if you were the only one that mattered at that moment.  His personal attention to every member of our district and community gave everyone a model of what it meant to always put people first. 

For those who didn’t know Dr. Fitzpatrick, you should know that he would do anything for anyone and was definitely focused on doing whatever he could to make a difference. He cherished his large family and his numerous grandchildren. He loved working with Villages in Partnership and the people of Malawi. He thought highly of the entire community and alway felt that this was a special place to work. Dick believed in kids and loved them as if they were his own. He preached that if students did their “personal best” there was nothing that could stop them. 

Fortunately, Dr. Fitzpatrick made all of us want to do our “personal best,” which motivated everyone to be better. This I guess is central to what Dick did for all of us, make us better. The UFRSD will forever be grateful to have had Dick Fitzpatrick as a part of our family.

Dick Fitzpatrick – Superintendent of Schools – 2007 – 2018; Cheerleader for the UFRSDl – Forever. 

My best,

Mark Guterl

Superintendent of Schools